Birmingham is a city I felt I hadn’t really got to know. I absolutely loved the botanical gardens, becoming one of my favourite green spaces, but the actual city I had become to see as ‘the busy bit of the M6 that makes the regular drives to Bristol a nightmare’!. I used to visit the Bull Ring, but a fan of more independent shops and eateries these days and opting to Manchester for my regular shopping – I hadn’t ever thought of Birmingham for a day out.Read More
I've written previously about my love of derelict buildings, finding the beauty in the unexpected. Sadly, Stoke-on-Trent has a lot of derelict spaces, but they still emanate such beauty that makes me stop in my tracks to photograph them.Read More
I visited Chatsworth House to the Christmas markets with friends at the weekend and sampled my first mulled wine of the season and soaked in all the fesitivites.Read More
Liverpool is a city close to my heart, my lovely mum comes from the city and the majority of my relatives live there. Though I have visited the city countless times over the years to see my family, I hadn't yet taken my camera and explored certain areas of the city.Read More
Another weekend, another National Trust property!This time we visited Quarry Bank Mill, a working 18th Century water powered cotton mill set in the village of Styal in the outskirts of Manchester.Read More
There is so much to see and do in London and it definitely can’t all be done in a day. I have done a few London guides already; one for nature lovers and another for Harry Potter geeks! I thought I would do a bit of a round-up of a few of my other favourite places split into areas to make exploring a little easier. Make a cup of tea, its a hefty one!!Read More
For years as a family we travelled to Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, enjoying numerous small theatre productions and comedy shows in nooks and crannies within the city. Attending a weekend of the Fringe is a great way to discover the city, but also leaves little time to spend in the areas you find.Read More
As autumn and winter draws closer, I start thinking about cosy jumpers and winter walks and one place I would like to return to around the wintery seasons is the Cotswolds.Read More
I visited Tatton Park in Cheshire back in the Winter time after discovering there was a fernery (I just adore ferns!), but unfortunately on the day we visited maintenance works were being carried out and so we couldn’t see the fernery.Read More
Catching the bus* we head slightly out of the centre to Old Market which has had something of a revival over the past couple of years. More and more places are popping up every week, and it is a thriving area to explore. There is a growing collection of cafes, bars and shops and so we begin at 25A.Read More
And so, we walk to our next destination of Clifton. The walk from Queens Road to Clifton takes you past numerous ice cream coloured houses and into the beautiful village of Clifton. I used to work in Clifton, and regularly ate my lunch on a bench within Birdcage Walk where an extremely friendly squirrel used to sit next to me whilst I ate my sandwich!Surrounded by Georgian Architecture, there are so many lovely cafes, restaurants, shops and bars.Read More
Colston Street is a creative quarter with wonderful independent stores with beautiful colourful frontages.
Blaze is my go-to for gifts and treating myself to new artwork. It is an independent shop selling an array of prints, ceramics, crafts, and also offers a studio and gallery space. It has a real mix of artwork, from my beloved Studio Ghibli to botanical artwork, animals, Frida Kahlo and various other subjects.Read More
Continuing from my last post finishing in the City Centre, we are heading to the independent cultural hub of Stoke's Croft. Stoke's Croft begins on Cheltenham Road and eventually leads onto Gloucester Road.
Stoke’s Croft is a very interesting hub for artists and artisans and you will find lots of bohemian shops and street art. Stoke’s Croft is a little rough around the edges, though has been gentrified over the past few years which in a way is a shame since Stoke’s Croft holds so much character and soul and is really the last refuge of the real ‘underground’ Bristol. There is such a community and local history in this area which I hope never fades.Read More
Travelling today to somewhere a little different…
I, like so many others, grew up with the Harry Potter books, immersing myself in the world of Harry, Ron and Hermione. It takes me back to childhood memories, an insanely early morning drive and arrival in Cornwall for a holiday in Looe, my mum and brother sleeping in the car whilst me and my dad got out our books – I was gripped with the world of Hogwarts and couldn’t possibly put it down. The excitement when the films first came out, going with my equally Potter mad best friend Sammy. Yes, this post is for all you Potterheads!Read More
Walking from the Harbourside, we walk through to The Corn Exchange and head to a Georgian Arcade which houses St Nicolas Market.
This market has an array of independent stalls and all the food you could ever imagine! I love wandering around this area, my favourite foodRead More
So, we recently indulged in something we have been pondering over for a while now… a National Trust Membership. Yep, never have I ever felt more like an adult!
With a love for gardens and architecture, we visit National Trust properties a lot, and when asked if we want a membership we always reply with a ‘maybe next time’, but on our last visit to Kinver Rock Houses we took the plunge and couldn’t be happier about it.Read More
Walking across the bridge from Southville, you're greeted with the newly renovated area of Whapping Wharf situated next to the Harbourside.You first come to Gaol Ferry Steps, which has an array of restaurants, cafes and shops and leads into the heart of Whapping Wharf. I can never pass by without visiting the Mighty Quinns Flower Emporium, a fabulous little flower and plant shop, and Fig1, a homeware store with so many beautiful items!Among the plethora of cafes and restaurants is Little Victories, a coffee shop by day, and casual bar by night, be sure to look up and admire their floating clouds!Read More
After visiting the Birmingham Botanical Gardens (click here to see that post), we decided to drive the 30 minutes or so to Kinver Edge in Staffordshire to visit the fascinating rock houses.Known as the ‘Holy Austin’ rock houses, they were inhabited until the 1960s and are now owned by The National Trust who have restored them to show what life would have been like living inside the houses. There are also kitchen gardens surrounding the dwellings.Read More
Bristol has a very special place in my heart and feels like a second home to me. I moved there to be with Dave and we rented our first home together, a beautiful apartment within The Robinson Building in Bedminster. I had never lived away from home, and it was quite a scary but liberating time. I fell head over heels for Bristol and all of its creativity and quirks. Though we moved back to the Midlands, I visit Bristol often to see friends and just say hello to one of my favourite cities. There always seems to be new cafes and shops and places to visit popping up but I thought I would do a round-up of my favourites areas and places within them. Get yourself some comfy shoes, we have some walking to do!Read More